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Transcript of ADHD
What is ADHD?
Statistics & More
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactive disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic website it is a chronic condition in children which includes problems such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
No single test can be used to diagnose a child for having ADHD. A licensed health care professional must gather information about child's behavior.
Signs and Symptoms
Daydream a lot
forget or lose things a lot
squirm or fidget a lot
talk to much
make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks
have a hard time resisting temptation
have trouble taking turns
have difficulty getting along with others
education or training
combinations of treatments
In 2011, 6.4 million children in America were diagnosed with ADHD between the ages of 4-17.
The average age of diagnosis is 7 years old. But children reported by their parents showing severe ADHD symptoms have been diagnosed earlier than 7 years of age.
Ages of symptoms can appear are from 3-6 years of age.
Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls.
42% increase in ADHD diagnosis over the past 8 years and continues to increase.
6.1 million of American children are being treated for ADHD with prescribed medication.
About 2/3 of children who are diagnosed with ADHD take Adderall/Ritalin
Adderall and Ritalin can help improve children's lives that have ADHD, but it can lead to addiction and anxiety.
Adderall is just as dangerous as any illegal drugs like cocaine and speed.
Prolonged use of Adderall can cause developmental problems with the brain, negative changes in brain activity, and severe withdrawal problems like depression, restlessness and agitation.
Abusing Adderall can be fatal.
Signs & Symptoms
The effects of ADHD on child development are not as grave as medications taken to treat it. Adderall and Ritalin affect child development more drastically. Side effects of these medications include: insomnia, loss of appetite, fatigue, and most importantly reduction of creativity. These side effects can impact child development greatly in numerous ways.
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ADHD medications cause the following symptoms:
loss of appetite
increased heart rate
it reduces creativity and constricts cognitive flexibility